éirígí spokesman released on bail

February 18, 2013

éirígí spokesman, Stephen Murney, was released on bail last week after spending over two months in jail on remand for terrorism charges.

Mr Murney, was arrested in November, following a PSNI search of his Derrybeg home. The prominent republican was charged with the collection and distribution of information, and the possession of articles, likely to be of use to terrorists, following the discovery of two BB guns, two black berets, three military-style jumpers and three pairs of combat trousers in the police raid.

éirígí campaigners held a white line picket in Newry last month to protest against Mr Murney’s continued imprisonment, branding it “internment by remand.” The republican group’s general secretary, Breandán Mac Cionnaith, had also written to Barra McGrory, the director of public prosecutions and John Larkin, Attorney General to demand a review of the case against the party spokesman.

The party had also commenced contacting civil liberties and human rights organisations in Ireland, Britain, the USA, as well as in a number of European countries, to highlight the full circumstances of what it described as Mr Murney’s “unjust prosecution.”

At a council meeting last month, the Sinn Fein grouping on the Policing and Community Safety Partnership raised the issue of Murney’s arrest, while Sinn Fein Councillor, Brendan Curran, complained that bail restrictions imposed on Murney were “excessive and unacceptable” given the “dubious” charges against him.

Murney appeared before magistrates at Newry Courthouse via video link from Maghaberry prison on last Wednesday. The district judge released Mr Murney on bail to appear before magistrates on March 6th.